Lead Data Engineer

Data Platform

London, England, GB

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Employer reference: REF939D

The Opportunity

Shawbrook provides finance to a wide range of customer segments that value the premium experience, flexibility and certainly we deliver. We are a purpose-led organisation, with a focus on delivering long-term sustainable value for all our stakeholders.

We have a diversified offering, with our innovative lending propositions tailored to meet specific customer needs in carefully selected markets across SME, Real Estate and Personal. Our products range from complex structured credit facilities for growth-focused businesses to mortgages for professional landlords and property investors, as well as simple loans for consumers delivered digitally. We fuel our lending through customer deposits, which we attract by delivering a premium experience, choice and consistently great value to smart savers.

The business model we have created is unique and difficult to replicate, with our ‘best of both’ approach combining deep human expertise with advanced digital, tech and data capabilities. This combination not only allows us to deliver excellent customer experiences, but to do so efficiently and at scale. We are proud of our innovative and agile culture, which drives consistently high employee engagement scores and makes Shawbrook an attractive destination for the best talent.

Work with us because you:

  • Want to be part of a bank built for the dynamics of the modern world
  • Relish a challenge and enjoy a fast-paced, innovative, and hardworking culture
  • Enjoy finding new and better ways to solve complexity and make things happen
  • Want to belong to a diverse culture that stands shoulder to shoulder with minority and underrepresented groups
  • Care about society and the environment and want to be part of a business that cares too
  • Want to continue to grow professionally and be the best version of yourself

The Role & Responsibilities

The Lead Data Engineer is a key role to ensure Shawbrook unlocks the value contained in its data across the organisation in a well-governed and ethical manner.  Reporting to the Director of Data Platforms the role will be an important member of the Data Platforms Team and will be leading a team of skilled Data Engineers. You will also be one of the main points of contact of the business stakeholders into the Data Platforms team.  

The Person

  • Demonstrable experience of at least 5 years running cloud-native data lakes in regulated industries. Whilst we use Microsoft Azure the role is agnostic about any actual cloud provider exposure as long as there is a clear track record of actual, hands-on experience 
  • Managing team of 5 or more Data Engineers, across various seniority, and clear strategy for growing technical skills and business acumen of this team 
  • You have considered and adopted, as applicable, proven software engineering principles as the core building block of your platforms and teams and able to articulate these decisions to promote wider adoption   
  • For each stage of the data management process, such as integration, orchestration, serialisation, project configuration, observability, monitoring, cataloguing etc you are aware of best-in-class industry solutions and can make considered choices between them depending on your use case and able to communicate these decisions to wider audiences  
  • You have a detailed knowledge of the concepts and principles of data modelling (particularly star-schema) and can produce, maintain, and update relevant data models for specific business needs including bespoke serialization techniques (e.g. Parquet) and table formats (Delta etc)

This is an incredibly exciting role that rarely becomes available. You will own a well-designed data lake serving a 50+ user community who run '000s of queries across TBs of data each month with a mandate to take it to the next level in terms of table formats, lineage, streaming data and AI/ML tech capabilities.

You will also have exciting opportunities to work with cutting edge teams in Product, Financial Crime Management, Capital Markets solving real business problems with data every day. 


Your Wellbeing - We take your health and well-being very seriously by providing a range of benefits to give you and your family peace of mind. These include:

  • Market leading family friendly policies such as access to our Maternity, Adoption and Paternity policies from Day 1 of your employment
  • Free access to Headspace, a mindfulness & meditation digital health app
  • Free access to Peppy digital health app that offers personalised support through fertility treatment becoming a parent or menopause
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) - Offering you support on a wide range of subjects including financial concerns, mental wellbeing and more general queries around family, work, housing, and health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Contributory pension scheme & death in service

Your Lifestyle - It’s important you strike the right balance between your work and personal life. We provide benefits to support you when at work and when you’re enjoying your leisure time.

  • Minimum of 27 days holiday per year
  • Option to buy or sell holiday days through our flexi-holiday scheme
  • Discounts on gym membership nationwide
  • Access to discounts on a range of high street and online brands
  • Community support and charitable giving

Your Contribution - We’re focused on rewarding those that go the extra mile in helping us achieve our goals.

  • Participation in our annual discretionary bonus scheme designed to reward your contribution to our success
  • Proudly Shawbrook recognition scheme focused on recognising our role models and thanking our colleagues for a job well done

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